Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can often be tough to put down roots or make new friends, which can leave women feeling isolated, particularly when loved ones are away for long periods of time.
Research shows that singing in a choir helps to alleviate stress and contributes to an improvement in isolation, anxiety and depression. The Military Wives Choirs therefore have a vital role to play by bringing women in the military community together to sing, share and support one another.
There are over 2,000 women with a military connection in our 74 choirs based across the UK and in British military bases abroad, including Cyprus, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
Choirs are not just open to wives of serving personnel either – anyone with a military connection can join including those currently serving, veterans, mothers, sisters and daughters, empowering women from across the military community. Rehearsals are weekly, with a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and no experience or auditions necessary.
Every new posting for a military wife is as daunting as it is exciting, but knowing that you have a choir to go to in your new location thanks to the MWC network where you know the songs and even some of the people can be a real lifeline.
That’s why, whilst each local choir has its own identity, all are run in a very similar way with shared music, a fun and friendly ethos and lots of ‘cross-network’ projects and activities to bring women together and allow ladies to feel comfortable in a new environment.
The Military Wives Choirs is a registered charity.
The Military Wives Choirs Foundation, which encapsulates all of the choirs, a small central support team and the Board of Trustees, is an independent charity and subsidiary of SSAFA.
As part of the SSAFA family, we work side by side SSAFA and support their mission to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity as a charity run by, for and with women in the military community.
By joining the Military Wives Choirs, you are becoming part of a support network of over 2000 ladies across the world who feel stronger together.
If you are a woman with a military connection, find your local choir and get in touch with them here.
If there isn’t a choir near you, contact us to see whether you can set one up!
There are many ways in which you can support the charity.
Our choirs perform at a range of events and offer a real special, human feel to your occasion. Book one of our 74 choirs.
Working together on the trustee board, our trustees provide leadership to the charity. They are all volunteers who give their time and expertise to the management of the Military Wives Choirs. They decide on our strategy and direction so that we can support our 75 choirs as effectively as possible and achieve our charitable mission. Our trustees […]
1. You don’t have to be a singer to come along and have fun “I had never sung in a choir before and I’m not the best but when we’re all singing together, it’s a lovely blend of voices so it doesn’t matter.” Military Wives Choirs are open to anyone with a military connection – […]
We’ve put together this document to better help you understand eligibility to join a Military Wives Choir. MWCF MembersCriteria